According to the UN envoy on Thursday, a truce between Yemen’s warring rivals has been extended for an additional two months, shortly before it was set to expire.
Hans Grundberg said in a statement, “I would like to announce that the parties to the conflict have agreed to the United Nations’ proposal to renew the current truce in Yemen for two additional months.”
The extended truce enters into force upon the expiry of the current truce today at 19:00 Yemen’s local time, he noted.
The truce holds the same condition of the same agreement that entered into force on April 2.
Civilian casualties dropped significantly since the truce took effect, according to the UN envoy.
Yemen’s warring rivals agreed to a UN-brokered two-month truce in April, under which all military operations were halted. The truce agreement included the operation of commercial flights from rebel-held Sanaa Airport in the Yemeni capital.
Since 2014, when Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels captured much of the country, including Sanaa, Yemen has been engulfed by violence and instability.
With millions suffering from hunger, the eight-year conflict has created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.